For the civil administration purpose, the state of Punjab is divided into 22 districts. These districts are further divided into tehsils and sub-tehsils.
The administrative head of a district is called as Deputy Commissioner (D.C.) or District Magistrate (D.M.) which is generally an I.A.S. officer. The upper unit of civil administration is a Division and the officer incharge of a Division is Commissioner. There are total five divisions in Punjab
The incharge of police department at district level is Senior Superintendent of Police (S.S.P), but here it is important to note that police districts in Punjab may or may not be same as the normal districts. For example, Jagraon and Khanna are part of Ludhiana district but these are separate police districts.
List of Districts of Punjab
How many districts in Punjab? There are total 22 districs in Punjab. A list of districts of Punjab is given below. To know more details about any district, click on the name of the district.
Details of Districts in Punjab
Some details of all the districts of Punjab is given in the below table. The below table shows the district wise area, population and literacy rate of each district in Punjab, the name of administrative Division under which a district falls, name of the region where district is located like Majha, Malwa or Doaba.
The distance of each district headquarter from the state capital Chandigarh is also given.
|District||Population||Area (Sq. Km.)||Division||Region||Literacy Rate||Distance|
|Fatehgarh Sahib||600163||1180||Patiala||Malwa||79.4||48 KM|
|Nawan Shahr||612310||1267||Ropar||Doaba||79.8||97 KM|
|Tarn Taran||1119627||2449||Jalandhar||Majha||67.8||232 KM|
Normally there are two parameters to count a district as largest or smallest and these are - Area & Population. So many students ask the question - Which is the largest district of Punjab area wise? Which is the largest district of Punjab population wise? Which is the smallest district of Punjab?
To know the answers with explanation, check the following sections.
Largest district of Punjab
Ludhiana is the largest district of Punjab
both by area and population. The area of Ludhiana district is 3767 sq. km. and its total population according to census 2011 is almost 35 lakh.
Some books or website will tell you Amritsar or Firozpur as the largest district of Punjab, which is no longer correct. After the creation of Tarn Taran district out of Amritsar and formation of Fazilka out of Firozpur, these are no longer the largest district in the state.
Smallest district of Punjab
In terms of area, Pathankot is the smallest district of Punjab
with a total area of 929 sq. km. Some sources say Mohali (SAS Nagar) as the smallest district of Punjab, which is no longer correct answer. The total area of Mohali district is 1093 sq. km., which is higher than the area of Pathankot district.
Barnala is the smallest district of Punjab population wise. The total population of Barnala district is 5.96 lakh (census 2011) and this is lower than any other district of Punjab.
Punjab Districts - Highlights
In this section, we will share some important information about the districts of Punjab:
- How many districts in Punjab: There are total 22 districts in Punjab.
- Largest District of Punjab: Ludhiana is the largest district of Punjab, both by area and population. The area of Ludhiana district is 3767 sq. km. and its total population according to census 2011 is almost 35 lakh.
- Some sources say that Amritsar is the largest district of Punjab, but after the creation of Tarn Taran district out of Amritsar, it is no longer the largest district in the state.
- Border Districts: There are six border districts in Punjab which share the boundry with Pakistan. These districts are Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Firozpur and Fazilka.
- Hoshiarpur district has the highest literacy rate. The literacy rate in Hoshiarpur district is 84.6%.
- Pathankot is the smallest district of Punjab in terms of area. Its area is 929 sq. km.
- According to population, Barnala is the smallest district of Punjab. The population of Barnala district is 5.96 lakh (2011 census).
- There were 11 districts in Punjab after the Reorganization of Punjab in 1966. These districts were - Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Firozpur, Gurdaspur, Patiala, Kapurthala, Bathinda, Ropar, Sangrur.